NH 12 Expansion Project: People Demand Better Compensation

Reported by

Mitali Biswas

Published on

May 1, 2017

May 1, 2017

Updated on

May 1, 2017

Location of Conflict

Aamdanga

North 24 Parganas

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Roads

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People Affected by Conflict

19000

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

42

ha

Starting Year

2009

State

West Bengal

Sector

Infrastructure

Widening of a section (Koltaka to Dalkhola) of National Highway 12 in West Bengal has been going on since 2009. Work on a part of this section in Amdanga region of North 24 Parganas district is stalled because of compensation related issues. In 2009, the Indian government allocated INR 2,000 crore in the central budget for this work. People in the Amdanga region demand better compensation for their 42 hectares of land that was acquired for the widening. They say that they are not against the highway widening but deserve better compensation and rehabilitation package. According to Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act of 2013, people should be paid four times the value of the acquired farmland plus INR 5 lakh per family if there is no job prospect in future or a job to a family member or a monthly annuity of INR Rs.24, 000 per year for 20 years with adjustment for inflation. A newspaper report says that the National Highways Authority of India had handed over the money to the Bengal government, but the government is not distributing the money as per the 2013 act. According to The Committee on Protection of the Rights of the Victims Due to the National Road Expansion, about 19000 families have been affected in this area, which includes some shop owners and footpath dwellers. Sayed Ahmed, secretary of the Committee was quoted in media saying that people will not allow the extension unless they are paid proper compensation. People have protested several times in front of officers of local authorities demanding better compensation.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

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Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

980

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community? What was the decision of the concerned government department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

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Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

National Highways Authority of India, TMC government

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